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Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/19

Following are the highlights from the fourth day of St. Louis Cardinals minor league games in spring 2011, on Saturday, March 19. Due to the major league split squad games, Memphis and Springfield did not play. Palm Beach and the two Quad Cities teams all played their Florida counterparts on the Marlins’ side of the complex. After the 2-1 day, the Cardinals system is a combined 6-6-3 this spring.

Today’s photo is of Player of the Day Zach Russell.

On Sunday, the Cardinals have another camp day. The top two teams will play each other as will Palm Beach and Quad Cities. For the full state of minor league spring training schedules, The Cardinal Nation subscribers can click here.

As he has been doing the last few seasons, Cardinals farm director John Vuch is sharing game highlights with this site and several others with interest in Cardinals prospects. As always, the raw data is his, but the comments mine.

Palm Beach 6, Jupiter 5

Palm Beach pitching

Apparently to get some work, Memphis reliever Adam Reifer was given the start. He fanned one in his inning of work.

Richard Castillo, who pitched for Palm Beach last year, went two innings and fanned one and yielded just one hit.

Andrew Moss yielded two runs in two innings and Justin Smth fared even worse, giving up three earned runs in 1 1/3 frames.

Nick Greenwood fanned four in 1 2/3 innings and Matt Frevert bookended Reifer with an identical outing, but also earned the save.

Palm Beach hitting

Nick Longmire had a pair of singles and scored once in four at-bats.

Francisco Rivera was on base twice with a single and a base on balls.

Alan Ahmady doubled, walked and scored.

Edgar Lara, a young man that has the physical appearance of a player, hit a long two-run home run.

Quad Cities #1 6, Greensboro 5

Quad Cities #1 pitching

Anthony Ferrera started and yielded all five Greensboro runs on eight hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings. He did fan two.

Zach Russell came in next and collected seven outs without allowing a baserunner. He collected five groundouts and two strikeouts.

Justin Edwards had a pair of scoreless frames and Cale Johnson, Chase Reid and Dean Kiekhefer (two strikeouts) each spun a shutout inning.

Quad Cities #1 hitting

Romulo Ruiz and Jonathan Rodriguez singled, doubled and walked. Ruiz crossed the plate twice and Rodriguez scored the game-winner on a passed ball.

Matt Valaika singled, doubled and drove in one.

Adam Melker singled and walked twice.

Victor Sanchez doubled, walked, scored and had an RBI.

Chrisr Edmondson singled and plated two.

Virgil Hill singled, walked and scored.

Jamestown 9, Quad Cities #2 5

Quad Cities #2 pitching

Hector Hernandez started and fanned two in his two innings.

Boone Whiting yielded five runs in his 1 2/3 frames on five hits and a walk.

Scott Bittle, coming off shoulder surgery, allowed four baserunners, three of whom scored in just 2/3 of an inning.

Wilson Matos gave up six hits and two runs in 2 1/3 innings.

Drew Benes finished with a one-hit inning.

Quad Cities #2 hitting

Steven Ramos had three singles, a double, and an RBI on a sacrifice fly in five plate appearances.

Roberto DeLaCruz doubled and collected a pair of RBI

Ross Smith had a pair of singles in four at-bats.

German Medina singled, walked, scored and plated two.

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